ascoltare - mutiny in stereo
second in the ongoing series of bootleg 3" cd-r's from dave henson (gwei-lo), released on the dubbel records imprint.
the 3" disc is traditionally an unloved format, which is a shame considering its size and potential, seeing as they hold up to 20 minutes on one side. so, how about someone create a double sided 3" cd a la recent cd/dvd discs, and in that way you have the ultimate proper old fashioned lp recreated in perfect digital format. ie having to turn the cd over for the second side like the old vinyl.
i digress, for these releases the packaging is as essential as the actual music, as each of the 250 cds come with gorgeous artwork provided by gavin o'keefe.
the first in the series was a total electronica mashing involving drugs related vocals snatched from kool keith (link) that proved that the whole bootleg genre could be a lot more sonically challenging than just a different beat/vocal line. this time however the subject matter is far sexier, modern bump-n-grind r-n-b is spliced against more of the subwoofer threatening bass booms and treble distortions. apparently the first track 'bodyrock my boat' features aaliyah, having never heard the original then i can't really comment on the connection factor. though i know for a fact i will replay this fascinating experimental record a lot more than any of aaliyah's tracks.
the next track though is a lot more recognisable. a certain fiddy is put into the blender and distorted, reverb'd, and twisted out of shape to a slow disorientating groove. to the casual listener this may come over as an exercise of testing one patience as there is little in the way of structure or melody, but there is something that is supremely wonderful in the noises contained within this wonderful artefact.
go find a piece of this piracy action before its too late.